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The rise and fall of Issa Hayatou

Africa Focus By: Ayodeji Tunde | 16/03/2017


An era in African football ended on Thursday as Issa Hayatou was finally dethroned as CAF President.

After 29 years in the saddle, the Cameroon big shot now has to take the back seat, FCNaija takes you on the journey on the rise and fall of Hayatou.

Issa Hayatou: Timeline

1964 to 1971 – Champion at the 400m and 800m; football player at university level

1965 – Member of the Cameroon national basketball team on the occasion of the first All Africa Games in Brazzaville

1973 to 1974 – Coordinator at the Lycee Leclerc in Yaoundé

1974 – At the age of 28 he became secretary general of the Cameroon Football Association

1982 – Director of Sports of Cameroon (Ministry of Youth and Sports)

1985 – Chairman of the FA; member CAF executive committee

1988 – Elected as the fifth president of CAF

1990 – Member of the FIFA Executive Committee

1992 – FIFA Senior Vice-President; President of the Organising committee of the Football Olympic Tournaments of FIFA (till 2006); Vice-President of FIFA Committee for Security and Fair-Play; Member of the World Cup Organising Committee

1997 – Member of the Women and Sport Committee of the International Olympic Committee; Head of the Cameroonian sports delegations on several sporting occasions

2001 – Elected member of the International Olympic Committee during the Moscow session

2002 – Lost FIFA election to Sepp Blatter by 139 votes to 56

2011 – Appointed president of FIFA's Olympic committee

2015 to 2016 – Acting President of FIFA

2017 – Lost his seventh re-election campaign to Ahmad Ahmad